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South Korea’s top court upholds same-sex couple rights to spousal health coverage

South Korea court rules that government must provide health insurance for same-sex partners

South Korea’s highest court has upheld a landmark decision affirming the rights of same-sex couples.

Last year, the Seoul High Court ruled that the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) must extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples, a decision now confirmed by the top court.

Case began when gay couple filed suit following cancellation of benefits

In 2021, So Sung-wook and Kim Yong-min filed a lawsuit against NHIS after the agency cancelled their spousal benefits.

According to The Korea Times, the couple met 10 years ago and held a wedding ceremony in 2019.

Source: The Korea Herald

Mr So was initially able to obtain national health insurance coverage as a dependent based on his partnership with Mr Kim.

However, NHIS revoked Mr So’s coverage after learning about their relationship through a media interview, citing an “administrative error”.

Despite initially losing their case in a local administrative court, the Seoul High Court overturned the decision, affirming Mr So’s right to insurance coverage.

Top court upholds landmark decision

Finally, on Wednesday (17 July), South Korea’s top court upheld the decision made by the Seoul High Court in February 2023.

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Source: Amnesty International

Chief Justice Jo Hee-de noted that the national health insurance act lacks specific clauses regarding same-sex unions, making the denial of benefits discriminatory based on sexual orientation.

While Mr So and Mr Kim’s marriage is not legally recognised in South Korea, legal experts highlighted that this ruling marks the first legal recognition of a same-sex union in the country.

However, the ruling has faced opposition.

Before the official announcement, protesters gathered outside the court with a banner that read: “Same-sex families are nonsense. Supreme Court, overturn the Seoul High Court’s ruling!”

Also read: Thailand becomes first country in Southeast Asia to legalise same-sex marriage

Thailand becomes first country in Southeast Asia to legalise same-sex marriage

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Featured image adapted from The Korea Herald and Amnesty International. 

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SITA leads the way in transforming Air Travel Experience by being the leader in an end-to-end Digital Travel Solution

SITA, the global leader in technology for the air transport industry, has partnered with SriLankan Airlines to deploy advanced airport digitisation services at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB Airport). The implementation of SITA’s single self-baggage drop unit is expected to increase the passenger usage capacity by 20%. This groundbreaking initiative is set to enhance the travel experience by prioritizing convenience and efficiency while providing streamlined services for international passengers.

SITA, the leading technology company in the air transport industry, is at the forefront of the digital revolution in air travel with its cutting-edge biometric and digital travel solutions. As the only end-to-end solution provider in the market, SITA is uniquely positioned to drive innovation and shape the future of travel.

As part of this partnership, SriLankan Airlines will be using SITA’s TS6 Kiosk and Self-Baggage Drop solutions to enhance their passenger processing capabilities. Since 1968, SITA and SriLankan Airlines have enjoyed a longstanding and successful partnership. This new contract brings additional synergy to the collaboration and is a clear testament of the trust the airline has in SITA to deliver innovative and valuable solutions.

“This partnership with SriLankan Airlines is key in our journey to unlock the future of travel for the region,” said David Lavorel, CEO, SITA. “It marks the first implementation of self-baggage drop for international passengers in the ISC region, representing a crucial step forward in our mission to revolutionize air travel. We look forward to this collaboration setting a new benchmark for airlines and airports in the region and beyond.”

Another key benefit of this partnership is the significant improvement in the capacity of passengers through the check-in process. The implementation of a single self-baggage drop unit is expected to increase the passenger usage capacity by 20%, improving the speed at which travellers can check in and highlighting a strong return on investment. This will not only reduce wait times but also streamline operations, ensuring a smoother travel experience for passengers.

This partnership and implementation of SITA’s services will serve as an essential component of the efforts to boost tourism in SriLanka and contribute to its growth. By enhancing the efficiency and convenience of utilizing airport services, the partnership between SITA and SriLankan Airlines aims to provide a seamless travel experience for international visitors.

More recently, SITA has agreed to provide its passenger processing solutions to power Airports Authority of India across 43 airports, serving 500 million passengers. The deal marks the largest-ever adoption of cloud-based technologies for passenger and baggage processing amidst a booming Indian aviation market.

SITA’s proven solutions, such as SITA Smart Path and Advance Passenger Processing (APP), underline its commitment to shaping the digital future of travel. The company’s co-innovation initiatives, including partnerships with Indicio and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), demonstrate its commitment to driving innovation and collaboration across the industry.

As we celebrate SITA’s 75th anniversary, we reflect on our legacy of meeting the needs of the community through collaboration and innovation. Today, we continue to lead the way in digital travel, providing seamless, secure and efficient solutions for travellers, operators and governments, being the only provider of an end-to-end digital travel solution across airports and beyond. We don’t just connect the global aviation industry—we apply decades of experience and expertise and a tireless commitment to innovation to address almost every core business, operational, baggage, and passenger process in air transport.

 

David Lavorel, CEO, SITA Areo

Vipul Seth, Vice President, Sales – India and Subcontinent, SITA Aero, Sumesh: Sumesh Patel, President, APAC, SITA Areo and David Lavorel, CEO, SITA Areo

Sumesh Patel, President, APAC, SITA Aero

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Thai students protest director’s two AC units while classrooms have broken fans, he removes one

Students in Thailand stage protest against school director, accuse him of making empty promises

On Tuesday (16 July), students in Buriram, Thailand staged a protest against their school director, accusing him of making multiple empty promises and engaging in inappropriate behaviour.

Translation: We don’t want this director.
Source: Khaosod

According to Thai newspaper Matichon, the director allegedly collected money from students at the start of the school year to provide them with gym uniforms and textbooks.

However, several months later, some students have yet to receive these items.

Director’s office has two AC units while classroom fans are broken

Additionally, multiple classrooms have broken fans, creating a very uncomfortable environment for students.

students protest ac units

Source: Khaosod

In contrast, the director’s office is equipped with two air conditioning (AC) units.

Students claim this disparity shows that the director values his own comfort over their well-being.

Furthermore, when they complained, the director sarcastically responded that he would remove one of his AC units.

students protest ac units

Translation: The director’s office is very cold with two AC units. Classrooms are boiling hot with broken fans.
Source: Khaosod

Additionally, the director allegedly collected extra fees from students to fund “gifted” classes, promising foreign language teachers, expert instructors, and AC units for the classrooms.

None of these promises were fulfilled, prompting students to question where their money went.

students protest ac units

Translation: The director’s office is very cold with two AC units. Classrooms are boiling hot with broken fans.
source: Khaosod

According to Khaosod, one student also alleged that the director bullied LGBTQ students.

Director removes AC unit instead of fixing classroom fans

On Wednesday (17 July), Thairath reported that one AC unit had been removed from the director’s office.

Source: Daily News

One student told reporters she was stunned by the move.

“He seemed to miss the point entirely. Instead of fixing the broken fans, he spent money to remove an AC unit,” she said.

A committee has been formed to verify the complaints.

Also read: ‘We might look calm but we are struggling’: M’sian university students highlight excessive workload in letter to lecturers

‘We might look calm but we are struggling’: M’sian university students highlight excessive workload in letter to lecturers

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Opportunities for Companies to Raise Debt Capital Through Sustainable Bonds for a Greener Future

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted an issuer forum titled “Towards a Greener Horizon: Unlocking Opportunities through Sustainability Bonds” recently in Colombo. The forum was aimed at enhancing awareness and building capacity among stakeholders including representatives from Government Authorities, State-Owned-Enterprises, potential issuers, investment banks/corporate finance advisors, verification/assurance providers, rating, and other agencies to create the foundation for a sustainable bond ecosystem in Sri Lanka.

Delivering the opening remarks, Mr. Faizal Salieh, Chairman of the SEC said, “The challenge is how quickly Sri Lanka can socialize these bonds and attract ESG-conscious foreign investors, while being mindful of Sri Lanka’s default sovereign rating hurdle.” He highlighted the need to build an ESG-conscious local investor base, stating, “It is critical that all stakeholders come together, work together, and support one another to kick-start issuances.”

Furthermore, he stated, “By expanding the availability of green finance instruments and fostering collaboration between investors, issuers, and regulators, financial markets will be able to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable and resilient financial system.”

Mr. Chinthaka Mendis, Director General SEC expanded on this by saying, “This mechanism would reduce the burden on government budgets while leading to a more inclusive participation from all spectrums of the country.”

He further elaborated on how other countries have utilized such products to foster national development, highlighting Thailand as a prime example where the country has extensively explored and benefitted from sustainable products offered through the capital market. He pointed out, “After the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thai Government has utilized funds raised through sustainable products and sustainable infrastructure products for development sectors such as renewable energy, sustainable transport, sustainable water management, and sustainable waste management.”

Next, speaking on behalf of ADB, it’s Country Director, Mr. Takafumi Kadono stated “Promoting sustainable capital market development is one of the key components of our work to promote sustainable recovery, build resilience, and enhance inclusive growth in Sri Lanka. We are honoured to be able to share ADB’s experience in this area, highlight successful case studies, and discuss resources available to support sustainable bond issuances in Sri Lanka.”

Addressing the participants Mr. Rajeeva Bandaranaike, Chief Executive Officer of the CSE said, “Today, we convene at a critical juncture in Sri Lanka’s capital market evolution. This event aims to catalyse action and create pathways for sustainable finance through Green, Social, and Sustainable Bonds.”

He further said, “Global supply chains are pivoting towards environmental sustainability, with net-zero initiatives becoming industry standards. As a country which needs to focus on exports, embracing these environmental policies is not just a moral imperative but a commercial necessity to maintain our competitive edge. By fostering a sustainable financial ecosystem, we pave the way for local businesses to access sustainable capital, enhancing resilience to climate risks and fostering a greener future.”

This forum was enriched by several presentations aimed at providing the participants with a comprehensive overview of the depth of opportunities available in sustainable finance, while placing a spotlight on the development and issuance of sustainability bonds.

Highlights included discussions on the global overview of green bonds, latest developments, lessons learnt in developing sustainable finance ecosystems, an elaboration of the technicalities and intricacies in issuing GSS Bonds, case studies, the CSE regulatory framework for Sustainable Bonds, and the DFCC Bank PLC sharing their experience on raising a green bond.

The forum also featured a panel discussion including Mr. Chinthaka Mendis, Director General, SEC; Mr. Kosintr Puongsophol, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, ADB; Mr. Karthik Iyer, External Consultant at ADB; Mr. Renuke Wijayawardhane, Chief Regulatory Officer, CSE; as well as Mr. Nalin Karunathilake, Vice President – Sustainability & Consulting, DFCC Bank PLC; with Ms. Uresha Walpitagama, Financial Sector Specialist, ADB (Chairperson) serving as the moderator. Following the panel discussion and a Q&A session, attendees reported finding the event valuable for its insightful perspectives.

Panel Discussion: (L-R) Mr. Kosintr Puongsophol, Mr. Nalin Karunathilake, Ms. Uresha Walpitagama, Mr. Chinthaka Mendis, and Mr. Renuke Wijayawardhane.

Participants at the ”Towards a Greener Horizon: Unlocking Opportunities through Sustainability Bonds” event.

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Grab experimenting with food locker for deliveries, possible implementation at offices or condos

Food locker experiment being piloted by Grab

As part of its continual experimentation to improve services for users, local tech company Grab is piloting a food locker concept where riders can place deliveries in a locker.

Many Singaporeans enjoy the convenience of food deliveries, where you can get your favourite culinary fares brought right to your doorstep.

However, many office workers and condominium residents face a problem — riders often can’t reach their doorstep due to security issues. Furthermore, this brings about further concerns wherein orders may get taken by others if they’re left at lobbies.

The new initiative hopes to address these problems with a simple-enough mechanism where both riders and customers only need to scan a QR code to open the lockers.

There is one food locker presently in use at the Grab HQ in One-north for its employees who are providing feedback and helping to iterate the concept.

MS News paid a visit to find out just how the food locker works.

Trying out the Food Locker at Grab HQ

Using the locker is just about as easy as making any ordinary order.

On the Grab app, you simply have to select the Food Locker location as the destination.

After your order’s confirmed, the rider will receive a locker box to place their food in.

When the rider arrives, they can scan a QR code to open the assigned locker for the order.

The customer will then receive a notification that they can collect their food.

The customer will also receive a notification with the specific locker where the rider has deposited the food.

 

After that, you can simply scan the provided QR code to open the locker and collect your order.

Grab is keeping the implementation small at present, “to consolidate feedback and ease kinks”, a Grab spokesperson told MS News.

This is also to further tweak the product such that it is more ready for broad deployment.

As the product is still undergoing changes in response to feedback, the food locker on trial may not be the final version.

Ideas based on feedback received

Grab decided to pilot the food locker programme in Singapore to help cut down delivery times for riders. Part of the problem stems from the inaccessibility of certain residential units and offices.

“We’re always looking for ways to solve our users’ pressing, everyday problems when it comes to transport, deliveries and even beyond,” the spokesperson added.

Successful experiments which have gone live include the Group Order function on the Grab app.

Group Order is a feature which allows multiple people to add food items to a shared cart. This means delivery fees can be split among members of the group.

Source: Grab

Previously, to join the group order, users would have to navigate out of the Grab app and click on a link.

Grab has since implemented a QR code invite which others can scan to join the order, handy for when users are together in person, like during lunch in office or at a group gathering.

It has also added a cut-off mark for the group order to expire. This is so that orders do not get too messy and are easier to keep track of. They also prevent late or last-minute orders.

The host will also be able to see real-time updates when people join the group order and add items to their cart.

Those who join the order will be able to see when the order’s placed as well as when it has arrived too.

To save the hassle of dividing orders or using third-party apps to pay for items, users can use the bill-splitting function to show what each person owes clearly.

Additional fees such as delivery fees, tax, and tips will be automatically split evenly.

Paying the bill has become easier as well. Once the bill has been split, users involved in the group order would be able to make payment directly from their GrabPay Wallet to the main person who placed the order.

Other experiments include large orders

Another experiment also in its piloting stage is the Large Order function for riders.

Riders sometimes receive large orders that can be challenging to complete in a single trip, especially if they’re on a vehicle with two wheels such as a motorcycle or a Personal Mobility Device (PMD).

But with the Large Order function, the rider can request additional help via the Grab Driver app.

The platform will then assign a nearby partner to the job, where they can split the load

This eases the load on a single rider and allows for the food to still be delivered.

Grab said it is exploring ways to have the platform determine if the order would require more than one rider at the moment of ordering.

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Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency and EDB agree to enter into an MOU

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Viet Nam initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) to establish cooperation between trade promotion agencies of the two countries. The initial meeting between the two organizations in this regard was convened virtually.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Viet Nam Prof. A. Saj U. Mendis delivering the opening remarks, emphasized that although there are immense opportunities to cooperate between the two countries, a lack of coordination between trade promotion agencies is a compelling hindrance in arranging B2B meetings and exchanging trade delegations between the two countries, which are key to boosting and elevating bilateral trade relations.

In 2023, Sri Lanka’s exports to Viet Nam were  around USD 35 million and imports from Viet Nam were  USD 185 million, which is negligible when compared to Viet Nam’s exports and imports with the world, which is around USD 360 billion and USD 330 billion respectively.

The proposed MOU addresses many areas of cooperation and collaboration which facilitates those difficulties and impediments. It is envisaged that this would contribute towards achieving the trade turnover targets of USD 500 million first and then USD one billion within the next 3 to 4 years, thus benefiting both countries.

Acting Additional Director General (Development) of EDB Anoma Premathilake, delivering her remarks, expressed the willingness and enthusiasm of EDB to cooperate with Vietrade in future trade promotional activities and proposed to establish an Action Plan based on the MOU. Exchanging latest market information, exchanging trade and investment missions,    co-organizing trade promotional events, organizing training and technical assistance programs, exchange of experts, know-how and experiences, supporting respective representative offices are some of the areas of cooperation coming under the MOU.

The idea of the MOU was well received by the Director General of Vietrade Le Hoang Tai. Mr. Tai remarked his anticipation to boost bilateral trade between the two countries based on this new cooperation and collaboration.

Assistant Director of EDB Manuka Perera and Official of International Relations of Vietrade Nguyen Duc Tung made presentations on EDB and Vietrade, respectively, which provided a comprehensive understanding of each organization. The meeting concluded with a positive note from each side for obtaining necessary approvals in order to sign the MOU in due course. It is expected that the MOU could be at the forthcoming Third Sub Committee Meeting on Trade between Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.

Ambassador Mendis articulated that enhancement of bilateral trade would significantly contribute to the economic and commercial advancement of both the countries, mostly Sri Lanka. Further, Ambassador Mendis stated that along with bilateral trade, other economic activities such as FDI, tourism, and research and development, amongst others, would get fueled and augmented, leading to greater economic prosperity.

Minister (Commercial) of the Embassy Kishani Wickramasinghe initiated the MOU and arranged the virtual meeting.

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Robert Irwin visits S’pore, can wrangle snakes & crocodiles but gets owned by durian

Robert Irwin wrangles snakes & crocodiles but gets owned by durian

Australian TV personality Robert Irwin took a trip to Singapore recently.

The 20-year-old, who’s the son of the late Australian zookeeper and conservationist Steve Irwin, was seen giving the famed King of Fruits a go at a Geylang stall.

Robert says durian is good while his expression says otherwise

In a video posted on TikTok and Instagram on 17 July with the caption “Robert vs Durian”, Irwin stands in front of Durian 36, a stall along Geylang Road.

“I’m in Singapore, and I’m going to try the famous durian,” he said, adding that it is “the most polarising food” in the world.

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A post shared by Robert Irwin (@robertirwinphotography)

The camera then pans to a vendor, who cuts a durian open revealing the morsels within, before handing it to Irwin.

Expressing how nervous he is, he adds that he’s unsure if it’s a good sign that he has been given plastic gloves for the experience.

“What have I done,” he said.

“Everyone either says it’s great or it’s literally the worst thing they’ve ever eaten,” he added before sniffing the durian’s flesh.

He then shows himself donning the gloves, adding that the smell is “confronting”.

Source: @robertirwinphotography on Instagram

Following several failed attempts to nibble on the flesh, he finally takes his first bite.

“It’s good”, he said, while wincing and coughing.

“It’s actually not bad,” he said with a pained expression, while trying to hold back his coughs. “It’s good. I like it.”

Irwin then shows a thumbs up, laughing, before ending the video by saying “cut”.

Netizens amused with Robert Irwin for discrepancy between his words and expressions

Many netizens were left in stitches over Irwin’s reaction towards the fruit.

One Instagram user said his expression and words did not exactly agree with one other.

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Source: @robertirwinphotography on Instagram

Another user teased him by repeating his words in the comments section, while adding emojis to reflect his real thoughts.

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Source: @robertirwinphotography on Instagram

One netizen commented that his compliments were most unconvincing.

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Source: @robertirwinphotography on Instagram

A TikTok user found it amusing that he appeared nervous while trying durian but not when catching a crocodile.

Source: @robertirwin on TikTok

Another user agreed, pointing out his bravery towards terrifying animals but his hesitation when trying durian.

Source: @robertirwin on TikTok

It seems Irwin, also a conservationist and zookeeper like his father, was in town with his sister and mother, Terri Irwin.

His mother, too, posted a video on her Instagram account showing the family spending time at popular tourist spots in Singapore.

They include Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Zoo, and National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Also read: Celeb Chef Wolfgang Puck Visits S’pore, Tries Making Yong Tau Foo & Carrot Cake In Chinatown 

Celeb Chef Wolfgang Puck Visits S’pore, Tries Making Yong Tau Foo & Carrot Cake In Chinatown

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Sri Lanka High Commission in London unveils first ever Replica of the Colombo Port City abroad

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London in collaboration with the Colombo Port City Economic Commission (CPEC) and the CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd ceremoniously unveiled a detailed replica of the Colombo Port City on 12 July 2024, showcasing the ambitious and transformative project that is set to redefine Sri Lanka’s economic landscape. The event was held at the “Gateway to Sri Lanka Lounge” at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London and graced by a distinguished array of guests, underscoring the global significance and potential of the Port City particularly among the investors in the UK as well as the Republic of Ireland.

The chief guest for the ceremony was former Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, UK and an eminent British businessman and philanthropist Lord Swraj Paul. Among the other notable attendees were Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Higher Education Dr. Suren Raghavan, Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, Former British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Sir Dominick Chilcott, and Assistant Managing Director of the CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd Eric Ou.

The ceremony commenced with the unveiling of the Replica by chief guest Lord Swraj Paul followed by an insightful keynote address by High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK   and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland Rohitha Bogollagama, who emphasized the investment opportunities presented by the Colombo Port City, and its global significance, being placed at a strategic location. In his address, High Commissioner Bogollagama said “It is indeed a great pleasure to welcome everyone on this historical occasion of unveiling the replica of the biggest single largest investment that is taking place in Sri Lanka being the Port City in Colombo”. High Commissioner Bogollagama while referring that Sri Lanka is moving ahead under the leadership of  President Ranil Wickremesinghe  and, thanking  Chairman of the CPEC and the BOI Sri Lanka Dinesh Weerakkody, further said that “it will be remembered this replica that will be the showcase of our efforts towards back in Sri Lanka”.

Lord Swraj Paul also addressed the gathering saying “Sri Lanka is a great place, and I went to Sri Lanka for the first time in 1957 where I started a shipping line in Kolkata to trade coal to Sri Lanka, to the port in Colombo” and he greatly appreciated both the President  Wickremesinghe and High Commissioner Bogollagama.

Mr. Eric Ou delivered a comprehensive speech while giving information on the current status of the Colombo Port City providing attendees with an in-depth understanding of the Port City’s infrastructure and future prospects. He stated that the duty free shop at the Port City will be operated by this August and also said that “our initial investment in the Port City is $ 1.4 billion and by now we have sold 6 plots and we also within this year there are almost 100 authorized persons have been registered”. He also thanked High Commissioner Bogollagama and the High Commission for granting the opportunity to display the Port City Replica at the High Commission.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Minister (Commercial) of the High Commission of Sri Lanka Somasena Mahadiulwewa. The Colombo Port City, a visionary project developed in collaboration with CHEC, is set to become a leading business hub in South Asia, attracting global enterprises and fostering economic ties between Sri Lanka and the world.

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Tea shop employee in Taiwan spits into hand & uses it to make drink order, branch shuts down

Tea shop employee slammed for spitting into hand & using it to make drink

A female employee of the Taiwanese tea company “Kebuke” in Hsinchu, Taiwan was caught spitting into her hands and using them to stir pearls for a drink, reported the Central News Agency (CNA).

The incident occurred at Kebuke’s Guanpu branch on Sunday (14 July). It was allegedly the employee’s vengeful response to a customer placing an order right before closing time.

Her actions were captured by a colleague and shared on social media, causing outrage among the public.

Source: Luo Xs on Facebook

In response, the tea company issued a statement on Facebook regarding the misconduct of its employee on Monday (15 July). It apologised for the employee’s poor service quality and the negative impact her actions had brought on the brand’s perception.

The company stated that an investigation was conducted upon receipt of the incident and the employee was suspended from all duties subsequently, emphasising that such misconduct was strictly prohibited.

It added that education and training would be conducted at all stores across Taiwan.

Due to severe violations of franchise terms at the Guanpu branch, immediate closure and termination of the franchise agreement have been enforced, with legal liabilities pursued.

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Source: 可不可熟成紅茶 on Facebook

On Tuesday (16 July), Kebuke posted another statement on Facebook saying that the company would refund the customer as well as provide further care to address physical and mental needs that surfaced after this incident.

It also hired attorneys from legal firms to handle the matter, saying it was going through the legal procedures of pursuing all related responsibilities.

Netizen claiming to be Kebuke employee apologises for her actions

According to CNA, a netizen claiming to be the female employee in the video posted on the social media site Threads, expressing regret for causing the temporary closure of the store. She added that the actions were merely made for “fun”.

She reportedly apologised for the negative impression she had brought upon the brand and the food safety issues that it incurred. She also offered to resign and to face the consequences.

Despite the apology, her post was bombarded with criticism from netizens.

Company allegedly seeks S$185,000 compensation from employee

Facebook user 遺產律師, 勞資律師- 林柏男, who is an estate and labour lawyer, posted that the hardest thing for the company is to obtain evidence, but the employee provided the evidence herself.

Source: 遺產律師, 勞資律師- 林柏男 on Facebook

He added that the owner of the branch allegedly sought up to NT$4.5 million (S$185,000) in compensation from the employee.

“The female employee has been sued by the franchisor and demanded to compensate for losses, amounting to 4.5 million, plus customer mental compensation,” reads the post.

Also read: US Burger King Manager Allegedly Serves Fries From Trash Bin To Customers, Arrested For Food Tampering

US Burger King Manager Allegedly Serves Fries From Trash Bin To Customers, Arrested For Food Tampering

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Shopper disgusted to see rat on table at Don Don Donki Orchard Central, SFA investigating

Don Don Donki staff say table was disinfected after rat fell on it at Orchard Central

Over the weekend, shoppers who were in Orchard Central mall over the weekend were aghast to see a rat.

The live creature was perched on a table in Japanese chain store Don Don Donki.

Source: Shin Min Daily News on Facebook

Rat was in dining area of Don Don Donki Orchard Central

Administrative executive Fion Khoo told Shin Min Daily News that she caught sight of the rat last Sunday (14 July) afternoon at about 1.30pm.

The 40-year-old was shopping with her husband at the mall in Orchard Road when they passed by “Drink Drunk Donki”, Don Don Donki’s drinking and eating area.

That was when they made the nauseating discovery on top of a table divider.

Source: Shin Min Daily News on TikTok

Passers-by gaped at rat in Orchard Central

As the rat wasn’t moving at first, Ms Khoo thought it was a decoration but realised it was a live rat upon closer inspection.

She was so stunned and disgusted that she gaped at the rodent for 10 minutes, along with other shoppers passing by.

Possibly knowing that it was being watched, the rat barely moved, she said.

Source: Shin Min Daily News on TikTok

After 10 minutes, she left the scene but not without informing a Don Don Donki staff about the rat.

When she passed by the table again more than 30 minutes later, the rat was gone, she added. There were also people eating at the table.

It was a pity that the place was contaminated by rats, as it was well-renovated, she said, adding,

I think the mall or supermarket might need to get somebody to take a look at where the rat came from.

Table wiped & disinfected, say staff

Don Don Donki staff confirmed with Shin Min that afternoon that the incident occurred.

They were told that the rat had fallen from the ceiling, so they wiped the table and disinfected it thoroughly, they said.

Ms Deborah Tan, the director of business at mall operator Far East Organisation (FEO), said the mall was notified at about 2.20pm that day that a rat had appeared in Basement 2, at a tenanted area.

Immediate action was taken to deep clean and disinfect the relevant area.

FEO will continue to work closely with mall tenants and strive to strengthen regular pest control, she added.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) told the paper that it was investigating the matter.

MS News has reached out to SFA for more information.

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